“The LGBT community may be under threat” - Norwich Pride concern over DUP

The annual Norwich Pride parade celebrating diversity from Millennium Plain to Chapelfield Gardens

The annual Norwich Pride parade celebrating diversity from Millennium Plain to Chapelfield Gardens passes through Norwich city centre. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Organisers of the annual LGBT pride event in Norwich have protested at the influence of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) by saying their community 'may be under threat'.

Norwich Pride said they have been politically neutral until the prospect of a 'supply and confidence' arrangement between the Northern Irish party and the Conservatives was mooted.

But today, they have gone on record expressing their concern at the DUP's stance on issues including LGBT and women's rights.

'Norwich Pride shares the concerns raised by other LGBT organisations around any formal arrangement between our Government and the socially conservative Democratic Union Party (DUP),' they said in a statement. 'We feel that the LGBT community and other minority groups may be under threat if this party has more importance than it's ten MPs would imply.

'Norwich Pride took no sides in the recent General Election but did encourage our supporters to vote and take part in the democratic process. We understand that our supporters come from a range of social and political backgrounds. However, we stand firmly against the growing influence of a party that doesn't support women's rights, or the LGBT community. It was concerning to hear a Minister on Radio 4 imply over the weekend that there could be a vote on reducing time limits on abortion in exchange for DUP support.'

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They said they are 'especially concerned' the party want creationism taught in schools, are opposed to same-sex marriage, want to deny women access to abortions, and are in favour of the death penalty.

'These are not values compatible with living in a peaceful and inclusive society,' they add.

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It comes as Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster hold talks on a deal to prop up a Tory minority administration after the Government admitted the Queen's Speech could be delayed.

It is thought Mrs Foster could seek assurances from Mrs May that she will pursue a softer exit from the EU, given Northern Ireland's 56pc Remain vote and the DUP's desire not to see a return to a hard border with Ireland.

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